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Cruz For President - Proud to stand with the police and fire fighters and first responders


HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today at an event in New Hampshire addressed the ongoing assault against law enforcement across the country. In light of recent attacks against police officers, specifically Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth in his hometown of Houston, Sen. Cruz is calling for leadership to stand up against the assault on law enforcement across our country:

“We stand with our police officers, we stand with our fire fighters, with our EMS, with our first responders. These are brave humans who risk their lives keeping us safe. We are seeing a manifestation of the rhetoric and vilification of law enforcement that is coming from the top -- all the way to the President of the United States and senior administration officials.

"Cops across this country are feeling the assault. They're feeling the assault from the President, from the top on down as we see, whether it's in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the President, of the Attorney General, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.

"I'm proud to stand with law enforcement, to stand with the police and fire fighters and first responders. They are American heroes. And they need a President who doesn't attack and vilify them and who doesn't seek to tear us apart along racial lines to inflame racial divisions. Instead we need a President who works to bring us together and unify us behind shared American values."



Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem Police Haven't Heard From Hassan Drug Czar


Concord - The Union Leader today reported that Governor Maggie Hassan's embattled Drug Czar John Wozmak has failed to contact top law enforcement officials in Nashua and Salem during his six months on the job. Police Chiefs in Manchester and Concord have previously come forward to say that they have not heard from the drug czar and that their concerns about New Hampshire's heroin epidemic have fallen on "deaf ears" in Concord.


"After six months on the job, there is no excuse for the failure of Governor Hassan's drug czar to contact top law enforcement officials in Manchester, Nashua, Concord and Salem", said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Clearly, the state's response to New Hampshire's heroin epidemic has been mishandled, and Governor Hassan's drug czar has failed to coordinate with local law enforcement officials. It is long past due for Governor Hassan to put politics aside and take ownership of the issue instead of outsourcing her responsibilities to an incompetent bureaucrat."


Hassan's office also lost track of a $12 million federal grant to combat substance abuse. Governor Hassan also vetoed a budget that included a 75% increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic. 





PORTSMOUTH, NH – More than 100 local and state first responders will conduct an active threat response drill tomorrow, July 24, in partnership with the Portsmouth School District to test emergency response plans. This exercise is sponsored by the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments with funding support from State Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


Residents and visitors in the area of Portsmouth High School, Middle School and Little Harbor School will likely see a large presence of law enforcement and fire personnel at all locations.


WHO:             One hundred local and State police, fire and emergency medical technicians from Portsmouth and area communities


WHERE:        Multiple locations including Portsmouth High School  


WHAT:           Active threat training exercise for state and local first responders


WHEN:           July 24, 8:00am – 12:00pm


CONTACT:    Emily Martuscello, Exercise Training Officer, (603) 892-8104


NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph: Trump's Immigration Comments Broke No New Ground 

CONCORD, N.H. - While Trump’s incendiary comments start worrying national Republicans and even a New Hampshire GOP National Committeeman denounced them in the Washington Post, it’s important to note that Trump’s comments are nothing new for the Republican Party or the 2016 GOP candidates.

A Nashua Telegraph Op-Ed elaborates: “If you didn't know better, you might forget that the GOP has sought votes for years by stoking fear and anger toward Mexicans who enter this country illegally… It's hypocritical and unfair to put all this on Trump. He only repeated what his party's been saying all along.”

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Trump’s immigration comments broke no new ground // Nashua Telegraph, Leonard Pitts


In 2006, then-Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of un­documented immigrants. It was called "Operation Wetback."

In 2010, Sen. David Vitter, Republican from Louisiana, released a campaign ad that depicted a bunch of seedy-looking Mexicans, some with gang bandannas, slipping through a hole in a border fence to invade America.

In 2011, Rep. Mo Brooks, Republican from Alabama, said of undocumented immigrants, "I will do anything short of shooting them" to make them stop "taking jobs from American citizens."

That same year, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain vowed to build an electri­fied border fence that would shock Mexicans who sought to slip into the country.

In 2013, Rep. Steve King, Republican from Iowa, said that for every illegal immigrant who becomes a valedictorian, there are another hundred with "calves the size of canta­loupes" because they are drug mules.

Yet the party is shocked and offended by what Donald Trump said? Jeb Bush calls his recent comments on undocu­mented Mexican immi­grants "extraordinarily ugly"? Sen. Marco Rubio finds them "not just offensive and inaccu­rate, but also divisive"? A major donor tells the Associated Press Trump should be excluded from the debates?

Beg pardon, but there is something rather precious in all this ostentatious umbrage. If you didn't know better, you might forget that the GOP has sought votes for years by stoking fear and anger toward Mexicans who enter this country illegally. If you weren't paying atten­tion, you might not know that various Republican officials and pundits routinely characterize those people - most of them just dirt poor and trying to put bread on the table - as a disease-ridden invasion force of drug smugglers and gang members, not to mention pregnant women splashing across the Rio Grande in order to drop so-called "anchor babies" on U. S. soil.

This is not to say Trump's words were not ugly. They were. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," he said. "...They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems (to) us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people."

But ugly as it was, Trump's xenophobia broke no new ground. So you have to wonder at the pious denunciations it is generating. You're tempted to say people are reacting like this because Trump was blunter than we are used to. On the other hand, there is nothing particu­larly subtle or ambiguous about threatening to shock Mexicans. Maybe folks weren't paying at­tention before.

It's worth noting that Trump's comments came as he an­nounced his intention to run for president of the United States, a nation whose last census found about 32 million of us identify­ing as Mexican-American (some, presumably, good people). Indeed, Mexican Americans are far and away the largest group under the umbrella rubric "Hispanic." All the Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, Argentinean- and Spanish-Americans combined don't equal the number of Mexi­can Americans in this country. So when the GOP talks about "Hispanic" outreach, it is, in a very real sense, talking Mexi­can-American outreach. Yet this "outreach" seems always to be overshadowed by insult.

The party seems not to realize that you can't have it both ways, can't insult people, then ask them to vote for you. How telling is it that, even as party elders assure us his remarks don't represent the GOP, Trump vaults to second place in the polling of Republican contenders? It's a truth that gives the lie to these proclamations of mortal affront.

It's hypocritical and unfair to put all this on Trump. He only repeated what his party's been saying all along.



Perry For President - Statement by Gov. Perry on Sanctuary Cities 

AUSTIN – Today Governor Rick Perry released the following statement on sanctuary cities:

“Ronald Reagan once called immigrants ‘Americans by choice.’ In Texas, we have a long history of welcoming immigrants from all over the world, immigrants who have helped make our economy the strongest in the country.  It’s not fair that some people try to jump the immigration line by coming across our border illegally. One of the core responsibilities of the federal government is to secure the border. As the recent tragedy in San Francisco has shown us, it’s important for the federal government and local governments to be able to cooperate to apprehend illegal immigrants with criminal histories. San Francisco—and many other cities in America run by left-wing governments—have become ‘sanctuary cities’ that choose to openly defy U.S. immigration law and prevent cooperation with federal authorities. Perversely, the federal government subsidizes this behavior by sending Justice Department funds to cities that intentionally harbor illegal immigrants in their jails. This has to end.”

“Today, I am proposing to pull funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program—or SCAAP—from sanctuary cities. States with sanctuary cities will lose a proportionate amount of their SCAAP funding as well. SCAAP funding will also be restricted to jurisdictions that actively participate in immigration law enforcement programs. Cities and counties with sanctuary policies in place will also be prohibited from applying for federal law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security grants. Federal taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize the irresponsible behavior of these governments. Furthermore, the Justice Department should allow federal immigration officials, either through the executive branch or Congressional action, to have access to prisons and holding facilities in sanctuary cities and counties, so as to verify the immigration status of people in those facilities.”

The Governor Perry Plan To End Sanctuary Cities:

  • Pull federal State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding to cities and counties with sanctuary policies in place.
  • Pull federal SCAAP funding to states with sanctuary cities and counties at a proportional level to the population of said cities and counties.
  • Limit SCAAP funds to jurisdictions that actively participate in immigration law enforcement programs.
  • Prohibit cities and counties with sanctuary policies in place from applying for federal law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security grants.
  • Allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, either through legislative or executive action, access to prisons and holding facilities in non-compliant sanctuary cities and counties to check the immigration status of all individuals arrested.